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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Lord our God is King of kings,
above all gods enthroned;
the depths of earth and mountains high
by God alone are owned.

To God the spacious sea belongs;
God made its waves and tides,
and by God’s hand the rising land
was formed and still abides.

O come, and bowing down to God,
our worship let us bring;
yea, let us kneel before the Lord,
our Maker and our King.

“O Come and Sing unto the Lord” (Psalm 95) (tune: Irish)
from The New Metrical Version of the Psalms
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Today we are reminded that the whole world is God’s. God is our Maker and our King. But we worship a God that is not just for the good days, but also for the bad, and that is another reason to sing praises even louder.

When we recite the Apostles’ Creed, we state that Jesus “descended into hell.” This is a controversial line within the creed and some versions omit it. The Bible does not explicitly state that Jesus descended into hell, and so scholars are mixed on their views of its inclusion. Its inclusion reminds us, however, that there is nowhere that God will not go and has not been.

We love to think of God in the majesty of nature, but God is also present in the darkest places that we can imagine. As Romans 8:39 reminds us, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” Let’s remember that today and be pleased to sing “The Lord our God is King of Kings, above all gods enthroned; the depths of earth and mountains high by God alone are owned.”

Loving God, you are indeed God of all. Not just the God of beautiful sunrises and cute animals, but God of all of life. In confidence then, O Lord, we can share all of ourselves with you. There is nothing and no one that you cannot redeem. Out of death you bring new life. Be with us this day, O Lord, and help us to feel your renewing presence. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator

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